How an Android developer in Guatemala advocates for women through the Google Developer Groups community
Cecilia Castillo loves mobile development. She’s confident that she’d be happy focusing on it for the rest of her career. Cecilia’s career in mobile development began when her friend launched a Google Developer Groups (GDG) chapter in Guatemala and began to teach Android courses.
DevFest represents the largest distributed tech conference in the world, and the global community-led initiative made a point to include all developers. In its tenth year, DevFest 2021 celebrated using technology for good, and pioneered programs to nurture local economic growth.
Six years ago, Aditi Soni was new to computers and programming when she learned about Google Developer Groups (GDG) and Techmakers (WTM) from a senior at her university, the Shri Vaishnav Institute of Technology and Science, Indore. Then, everything changed when she joined a Google Developer Group in Indore, the largest city in Central India, which began as a 16th century trading hub.
Ning Zhang, a developer from China, enjoys the formal learning opportunities GDG offers. He finds the sense of community and support—the opportunity to learn from others and share his expertise as well – even more valuable. The combination of community, developer success, and social impact has made a huge impression on him both personally and professionally.
Google Developer Groups (GDGs) around the world are in a unique position to organize events on technology topics that community members are passionate about. That’s what happened in Spain in July 2021, where two GDG chapters decided to put on an event called AI Fest after noticing a lack of conferences dedicated exclusively to artificial intelligence.
Google Developer Group (GDG) chapters are in a unique position to help make an impact during a time where many companies and businesses are trying to shift to a digital first world. Perhaps no one knows this better than GDG NYC Lead, Anna Nerezova. Over the past year, she’s seen firsthand just how powerful the GDG NYC community can be when the right opportunity presents itself.
Meet Kose, community lead for Google Developer Groups Juba in South Sudan. Check out our conversation with Kose about building a GDG chapter, the future of GDG Juba, and the importance of growing the tech community in South Sudan.
A GDG organizer was contacted to speak at an event hosted by Persevere, a non-profit that teaches justice-involved individuals how to code and helps them find careers as developers. By teaching skills like programming, Persevere has seen a decrease in recidivism rates. Learn more about one organizer’s experience giving back.
As a Women Techmakers Ambassador and Google Developer Group lead in Floripa, Brazil, Lorena worked with the local community to create a week of special events, including over 12 talks and sessions centered on empowering the LGBTQIA+ experience in tech.
We strive to make Android development content accessible to all so that anyone can become an Android developer. Over the years, millions of students at all different levels have consumed our learning content and worked through courses and codelabs to advance their skills. We continue to update and release new content as the ever-changing industry continues to evolve.
As we continue to explore how different Google Developer Groups build their communities, we interviewed Hebe He, an organizer of Google Developer Group Guangzhou in China. Learn more about how she is building the developer scene in China, thinking up new events for her community.
The Google Developer Groups Spotlight series interviews inspiring leaders of community meetup groups around the world. Our goal is to learn more about what developers are working on, how they’ve grown their skills with the Google Developer Group community, and what tips they might have for us all.
University professors have a large impact by educating the next generation of developers and engineers. Google Developers wants to enable university faculty with the best curriculum on Android development and programs. Earlier this year, we announced the launch of our new faculty-led curriculum for Android Development with Kotlin in India. The curriculum is based on classroom learning (virtual or in-person) with an instructor delivering lectures on important Android concepts and students receiving hands-on practice through interactive pathways.
Growing up in Turkey, it felt like women were meant to do one thing: Take care of their children. When I was younger, people always told me I should become a teacher, for the “work-life balance,” so I’d be able to spend more time with my kids. I had an ex-boyfriend who asked me to quit my job to take care of our family, and we weren’t even married yet.
The North America Developer Ecosystem team recently hosted for Google Developer Groups organizers and Women Techmakers Ambassadors in US & Canada. The three-month professional development program met every Wednesday via Google Meet to help tech professionals upskill themselves with workshops on leadership, communication, thinking, and teamwork.
We recently caught up with Irem Komurcu, a TensorFlow developer and researcher at Istanbul Technical University in Turkey. Irem has been a long-serving member of Google Developer Groups (GDG) Düzce and also serves as a Women Techmakers (WTM) ambassador. Her work with TensorFlow has received several accolades, including being named a Hamdi Ulukaya Girişimi fellow.
Magas, a mostly rural area, is home to a small population of just under six-thousand people - it's estimated that under 100 of them are developers. Yet one day that small group of developers decided to take their first step towards becoming a community. Inspired by how GDG brought developers together, they believed starting a community in Magas was just what they all needed to grow.
On October 16-18, thousands of developers from all over the world are coming together for DevFest 2020, the largest virtual weekend of community-led learning on Google technologies. For DevFest this year, a few familiar faces from Google and the community came together to show you how to build an app using multiple Google Developer tools to detect crop diseases, from scratch, in just a few minutes.
Mark your calendars for October 16-18, 2020 as Google Developer Groups are coming together virtually for DevFest. What can you look forward to this year? Technical talks, a keynote by Google Developers, breakout sessions, and so much more!
Meet Eustache Luckens Yadley, or "Yadley" for short. As a web developer from Port-au-Prince, Yadley has spent his career building web applications that benefit the local Haitian economy. Whether it’s ecommerce platforms that bring local sellers to market or software tools that help local businesses operate more effectively, Yadley has always been there with a technical hand to lend.
In 2019, Google Developer Group members around the Czech Republic organized and participated in DevFest. In addition to learning new skills at the technical talks, demos, and workshops, attendees had fun with the event’s 2019 theme, by wearing costumes and playing an interactive DevFest trivia game.
Manaus, Brazil is a digital city where many startups and developers have emerged leading to it’s high growth potential. DevFest Manaus has brought many opportunities to the region, from connecting entrepreneurs with investors to hosting its very own developer career fair with a range of companies.
Over the years, technology has helped boost Nigeria’s economy. Young people countrywide are engaged in programming and interested in pursuing careers in tech. Hear about Bolaji Ayodeji’s journey to discovering and attending his first DevFest with the help of the GDG Uyo community.
When Henna Singh decided to move her family from India to Ireland so her husband could pursue his master's degree, she was determined to meet the moment head on. Not only did she dive into learning a new country and culture, but also she decided to take on a whole new career.
As the world continues to embrace remote opportunities, Google Developer Group (GDG) and Developer Student Club (DSC) communities have been working hard to support each other virtually – complete with online technical education and remote spaces to build local community connections. In particular, community groups in Sweden, Singapore, and throughout MENA have been creating resources to help developers find online employment, education, and engagement opportunities.
In 2019, powerful conversations on how to solve climate change took place all over the world. In that spirit, the DevFest community recently joined the discussion by looking at how tech can change how we approach the environment. For our new readers, DevFests are community-led developer events, hosted by Google Developer Groups, that take place all around the world and are focused on building community around Google's technologies.
Now streaming online, talks from DevFest featuring local developers from all over the world. Learn about Cloud, web, Machine Learning, and more!
After Aaron Ma, an 11-year-old DevFest speaker, recently gave his tips on coding, people kept asking us, "so what are the other kids of DevFest working on?" In response, we want to show you how these incredible kids, or DevKids as we call them, are spreading their ideas at DevFest events around the world.
As over 400 community-led DevFest events continue to take place around the world, something is becoming clear: kids are taking over. We're not kidding. Many young students are taking the stage this season to speak on topics ranging from machine learning to robotics, and people are loving it.
An incredible human story of the Ugandan developer, Nazirini Siraji, and the app created by her small team in Mbale, Uganda, with learning from their local Google Developer Group community. Harnessing the power of TensorFlow and Machine Learning, this free app helps farmers identify and treat Fall Armyworm, reducing the massive crop devastation currently impacting Uganda and Africa.
Amey Nerkar, from Google Developer Groups Pune noticed when he was going to school in Nashik, there was a deaf class that took place on campus. Amey was curious about the effectiveness of communication to the students and with the help of the GDG community, Amey learned to create a low cost hearing aid with Android.
Ricardo Costeira is a Software Engineer from Coimbra, Portugal. For the first time last year, he attended DevFest, the largest developer community-led movement hosted by Google Developer Groups across the world.
With over 400 community-led events, meet other developers and learn about the latest technologies during the largest developer event series in the world.
Rayan launched the Women Techmakers GDG Chapter in the Middle East and now mentors girls in web development, and helps them overcome obstacles, while retaining their cultural values.
Google Cloud Study Jams are community-run study groups for developers. From containerizing applications to data engineering, Study Jams can be tailored to specific Cloud topics and skill levels.
Rayan Al Zahab, organizer of GDG Lebanon Coast, shares her journey to GDG and her favorite part of participating in DevFest.
Hear about what makes being a developer in Kathmandu unique from attendees at their local DevFest. Attendees came away with new information and new connections.
DevFest in Nantes, France started as a small event and now includes over 2,000 developers! It's a great place to meet new friends, find a job, and learn.
Jorge Coca moved to the United States from Spain to finish his Engineering degree. As a developer he found his way to the local developer meetup community. He decided to start organizing meetups around Flutter. Jorge talks about the importance of having role models not only for self-development but also for building your professional network of contacts.
Andras Kindler community lead of (Kotlin Budapest User Group) talks about why it matters to occasionally bring your extended community together for an event larger than a regular meetup. After years of being Kotlin enthusiasts organizing meetups, Andras and his team held the first ever Kotliners conference in Budapest, Hungary. More than 130 attendees from 10 countries came together for a full day to hear about the present and future of the Kotlin ecosystem.
Evgeny Kot from Dart Russia is frequently speaking about the benefits of using Dart and changing the perspective and excitement about Dart in the developer community. Read more about how personal commitment and power of community can go a long way when spreading awareness.
In 8 years, the community Yuki Anzai and 3 other co-organizers started after attending a developer event not seeing many other women around, has grown to almost 500 members. Yuki also describes how clear positioning your chapter focus, can help attract members in a very developed local ecosystem.
Omor Ahmed, co-lead organizer from GDG Sonargaon, explains how working with ambassadors at university campuses is helping to attract new members and other synergies, and how having new chapters emerging at universities helps to spin off community activity in other cities as well.